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Cumulus Media is reportedly planning to drop both Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity from its stations at the end of 2013. A source tells Politico's Dylan Byers that the broadcaster has already has decided not to renew either of the syndicated talkers' contracts. The move would take two of the best-known conservative talk hosts off the air in over 40 markets.

According to Politico's source, the decision to drop Limbaugh and Hannity came after negotiations broke down between Cumulus and Premiere Networks, due to disagreements over distribution rights costs. Politico notes that "Cumulus is known to drive a hard bargain on costs, and Clear Channel is known to seek top dollar for big names," and though both sides have seen negotiations stall out and resume in the past, in this case, "Clear Channel was unlikely to reduce the cost for distribution rights to a level that would satisfy Cumulus."

Sources also told Politico that Cumulus has been reaching out to find new talent to fill Limbaugh's and Hannity's time slots. Cumulus would also likely elevate one of its other Talk hosts into their slots, such as Mike Huckabee, Mark Levin or Michael Savage.

Limbaugh has been an issue for Cumulus over the past year, due to the boycott of his show after his controversial comments in 2012 about Sandra Fluke. In May, Cumulus Chairman/President/CEO Lew Dickey told Bloomberg TV that Cumulus lost "millions of dollars" due to the backlash against Limbaugh and its News/Talk division had taken a financial hit. When asked if conservative Talk hosts "don't have as big of a place on radio as they once did" given the politics in America today, Dickey replied, "I think everything has to evolve...and we see that the general public is evolving, society is evolving, but I think we have to make sure these radio stations do a wonderful job of reflecting the local communities in which they compete."

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JimmyMack commented on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 07:35 AM

I hope that this is the death knell for conservative talk radio. It's a new world, and there is no room in it for these two hate meisters.

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 11:38 AM

If you mean "heads of the Republican party" as in TALKING heads, I agree. But these two bozos are in no way the "heads" of the Republican party in the sense of any real leadership roles. They provide outlets for Republicans to reach a target audience, but I seriously doubt that either Hannity or Limburger significantly influence the direction of any GOP policy or legislative actions.

As for conservative talk radio, I doubt that it will completely go away in the short term. But I do suspect it has been overcome by events - just like all other forms of media become "old hat." It was created to provide an outlet - WHERE NONE HAD EXISTED BEFORE - for conservatives to vent about the injustice (real and perceived) heaped upon them by their government,the liberal media, and the left in general.

Now we have social media - twitter, facebook, sites like this, and all the rest - where people can interact in real time and can more or less steer their own discussion, rather than having some radio/tv "meistro" taking the conversation the way THEY (the meistro) want it to go. Once social media took hold in a widespread faashion on computers and then smart phones, THAT probably sounded the death knell for talk radio more than any recent actions like the ones cited in the basic blog post.

As to hate meisters/mongers, I'd like to see them ALL go away. Not only these two, but also the Al Sharptons, Rachel Maddows, et. al. on the left whose race-baiting and rabble-rousing add nothing to the national discussion on anything. For all of these people, it's about the ratings and about generating controversy.

That motivation undermines honest dialogue and real problem-solving. In fact, it exacerbates the problems.

JimmyMack commented on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 14:44 PM

I think I saw or heard somewhere that some measure of fostering bi-partisanship is in the works. I haven't researched it yet, but some of the initial moves are as simple as having Democrats and Republicans sit next to one another rather than group up in a segregated partisan manner as they do now. It sounds almost grade schoolish, but it may be a start to defuse partisan animosity between the two parties that has produced gridlock.

I know, I would be amenable to 'standing down' and lowering my verbal bombs if the other side did the same.

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 18:29 PM

The way they have been acting, "back to grade school" sounds like a good start to me.

lholmes commented on Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 at 04:43 AM

Rush and Sean aren't going anywhere. I have 2 words for you...Don Imus.

sebekm commented on Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 at 12:45 PM

I'll add two more words: Michael Savage (whose real last name - by the way - is Weiner).

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